Looking back on Practicing Zen Without a License

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Practicing-Zen-cover-676x1024.pngThis is an oldy but goodie, Jack Butler’s Practicing Zen Without a License – “A grand and funny satire on the human tendency to indulge in stuffy metaphysics” – essays on Zen from many masters, including Wingo, Cassidy, Turble-Tribble, Elijah Lee Roswell, The No Poet, Jody Nightwood, OB Wanda (Roshi) and Ruby Tuesday.

This review sums it up pretty well:

“One of the best things about this wonderful book is that if you come upon a place where the language, references, or philosophy are too dense or uninteresting, you can just skip ahead a few pages and it’s all exciting again. Although one needs to have read all Butler’s novels to get the fullest enjoyment from this volume, that’s not necessary to appreciate the essence here: incisive and sometimes silly humor, biting satire, philosophical exactness with a sometimes tongue-in-cheek interpretation, and glorious human yearning for love and understanding. “Southern Baptist Zen” and “Christians and Christianoids” are fine, moving, and funny essays. If you like Vonnegut and even Tom Robbins you should enjoy this book.” unidentified Amazon customer

Practicing Zen Without a License

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